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If you were born in February, you are fortunate to have a birthstone that provides extra warmth; something everyone longs for this time of year. Beautiful amethyst, most often seen in deep purple, actually ranges in color from light pink to a deep reddish violet hue. This regal stone is composed of quartz, the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust. Named after the Greek word for intoxicated, in ancient times this stone was believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness and provide clearer thinking and balance. This precious gem is also prized for its beauty and seen as a symbol of royalty.
A perennial favorite, amethyst is a featured stone in many special pieces from all of our favorite designers.
First up, a thoroughly modern look that lets the unique color of the amethyst speak for itself. The 18K yellow gold ring from Marco Bicego’s Jaipur collection stars a 12mm round stone, and features the hand-engraving and Old World Italian craftsmanship representative of all the designer’s creations.
For a more vintage-inspired look, these drop earrings from designer Monica Rich Kosann are a perfect choice. Fashioned of sterling silver, they feature a briolette, cushion cut amethyst set on-point with white sapphire accents.
The eco-conscious birthday girl will appreciate this iconic, artisan-crafted piece from Bali-based designer John Hardy. A symbol of human connection and community bond, the sterling silver woven chain bracelet features a simple push clasp adorned with pavé amethysts.
A beautiful locket is always a sentimental favorite, and this beauty from Monica Rich Kosann is no exception. The diamond-shaped locket is crafted of sterling silver and features an oval amethyst in its center. White sapphire stones are set in a starburst pattern to complete a modern take on a classically vintage look. The space for two favorite photos means she’ll always be able to keep loved ones close to her heart.
Finally, for a truly unique spin on February’s birthstone, this abstract cocktail ring from Doves by Doron Paloma is all about the drama. Thin diamond-set bands of 18K white gold loop around a halo-set oval triplet consisting of green amethyst over white mother-of-pearl over green agate. At once both eye-catching and wearable, this piece is sure to become an instant heirloom.